(Pictured: Carroll and his daughter, Madison)

Meet current SPSF NWA recipient Carroll Bentley and his daughter Madison. Carroll is studying Psychology at the University of Arkansas. We asked Carroll to share about his journey with SPSF NWA.

Tell us a little about your daughter.
Her name is Madison and she’s 16 years old at Fayetteville High School. She loves to bake, color, attend church, spend time with her friends, and also sleep… those were her words, not mine!

What does Madison want to be when she grows up?
Madison is interested in pursuing a degree in nursing. Although that could change, she plans on attending college after graduating high school.

What is something that has surprised you about parenthood?
The small, sometimes insignificant moments are the ones I value the most.

What is your biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge is juggling school, including all related activities, work, and time with Madison. Often, I need a couple extra hours in the day.

How did you hear about SPSF NWA?
A former recipient referred me to SPSF NWA.

What is one word that describes you?
“Determined”

What is one quote that you try to live by?
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Ghandi

What do you enjoy most as a parent?
I enjoy random conversations in the car the most, they range from daily events to the big life changing topics. Maddie and I have learned so much from each other during those conversations.

What is something in your life that has changed since going to school? One major change so far has been my parenting style. Studying psychology has been beneficial in maintaining a healthy relationship with Maddie. It is not always sunny skies, but I have learned several skills to deal with the issues raising a teenager presents.

Other than financially, what impact has SPSF NWA made on your life?
SPSF NWA has been extremely supportive of my educational journey. The staff at SPSF NWA are incredible, they give assistance and support to keep me motivated.

What would you like to say to SPSF NWA supporters?
Thank you so much for your support, it truly is life altering. As every single parent knows, quality time with our children is invaluable. Your financial support ensures enough time that I can spend being a father and role model. You are truly wonderful.